Incident On and Off a Mountain Road

2005

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IMDb Rating 6.6

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Reviewed by Witchfinder-General-666 7

I have, as probably many fans of the great genre of Horror, become a big fan of the &quot;Masters Of Horror&quot; series. A series of 1-hour features by well-known horror directors, including such names as Dario Argento, John Carpenter and Takashi Miike, just has to be a treat for a fan of the genre. This first episode, &quot;Incident On And Off A Mountain Road&quot; by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) is a decent and highly entertaining, although not astonishing opener to this great series.<br/><br/>When a young woman (Bree Turner) has a car accident on a mountain road in the middle of nowhere, she is suddenly attacked by a psychopathic creep. Luckily for her, her husband, a gun-loving survival enthusiast, has taught her quite something about kicking attackers&#39; asses...<br/><br/>&quot;Incident On And Off A Mountain Road&quot; is by far not one of the best MoH episodes I&#39;ve seen so far, but it is certainly a decent opener to the series. The story itself is far from original, but the episode is well directed, very creepy, gory and demented, and highly atmospheric. Bree Turner fits very well in the lead, and each one of the other actors also delivers a good performance. Recommended!

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Reviewed by eytand94 10

The Plot: Ellen is driving along the road, when she accidentally crashes. When she wakes up, she&#39;s not hurt. But the worst is yet to come. A disfigured slasher from off the road named Moonface attacks, forcing Ellen to run for her life. But that&#39;s when she remembers her husband, Bruce, and his lessons of surviving and trapping your attacker. Using those lessons, Ellen fights back and tries to stop the killer. If she can&#39;t do that, then she&#39;s going to meet a grisly end.<br/><br/>The Film: Don Coscarelli&#39;s &quot;Phantasm&quot; is a very entertaining horror film, one that is filled with gore, tension, and scares. So, when I heard Coscarelli was going to direct the TV adaptation of Southern writer Joe R. Lansdale&#39;s &quot;Incident On And Off A Mountain Road&quot; for &quot;Masters of Horror,&quot; I was intrigued. I was never quite a fan of the &quot;Phantasm&quot; sequels or &quot;Bubba Ho-Tep,&quot; but Coscarelli&#39;s entry in the series is great fun all the way. &quot;Incident On And Off A Mountain Road&quot; is a surprisingly original slasher movie, with plenty of gore, a hip villain, and a sexy heroine. Bree Turner is very good as Ellen, with Ethan Embry(&quot;That Thing You Do&quot;)as Bruce, and John De Santis as Moonface. And Angus Scrimm, the infamous Tall Man of &quot;Phantasm,&quot; has a terrific cameo here as a wacko dude from Moonface&#39;s lair.<br/><br/>The Result: Original, bloody, and entertaining are the three words to describe &quot;Masters of Horror: Incident On And Off A Mountain Road.&quot; Don Coscarelli is a great director, and hopefully, he will make more movies like this one. &quot;Hell of a night...huh, Moonface?&quot;

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Reviewed by gavin6942 7

A young woman, Ellen (Bree Turner) hits a parked car on a mountain road and stumbles across a serial killer. With a survivor&#39;s instinct, she decides to fight back. Also, we gets glimpses of her past relationship with Bruce (Ethan Embry). <br/><br/>I skimmed a few reviews of this film, and the same words keep popping up: &quot;predictable&quot; and &quot;derivative&quot;. Even my friend Jason, whom I respect as a master of horror, had warned me the film was quite predictable. Please allow me to address this with regards to &quot;Incident on and off a Mountain Road&quot;.<br/><br/>Is it derivative to have a woman chased through the woods by a killer? Yes. Was the film predictable? For the most part, yes (though I was not entirely sure till the end which predictable ending they&#39;d run with). But as someone who has seen more than his share of horror films, aren&#39;t most horror films derivative and predictable? You see one slasher, you&#39;ve seen them all. And don&#39;t tell me you can&#39;t predict who will and won&#39;t survive after the first ten minutes? (Hint: the minority always dies first, the young female lead survives.) The point is this: you have to take the predictable and derivative, and put a new spin on it or do it as skillfully as possible, like no on else has done. This film accomplished that goal, which impressed me since I&#39;ve seen the director&#39;s &quot;Beastmaster&quot; and would not say that it really stands out as movie genius.<br/><br/>The opening scene had me hooked: Don Coscarelli uses very tight shots of a dark road. Close-ups on Ellen&#39;s face, focusing on her eye. A hood&#39;s view of the road (rather than wide shot) to give us the impression of being trapped in the car. Obviously, I knew that something or someone was about to be hit, but I also knew with the angles used there was no way I could escape being right in the impact. If you&#39;ve been in a serious accident, you don&#39;t want to relive it.<br/><br/>Also, the killer&#39;s lair was great. Sure, we often find abandoned shacks with corpses in horror films, but the police sirens and lights were a nice touch. Did he kill the cops? Was it a taunting, letting his victims know there was no escape? I really enjoyed that. And the drill press... so much more frightening than a hand drill.<br/><br/>Bree Turner was great as Ellen. Her past roles have apparently been all comedies, but she showed here she was more than capable of being a strong heroine in a tense role. And, personally, I want to say Bree Turner is one of the most beautiful women ever to appear in a horror film since the dawn of time. Strong, smart and attractive... the very perfect example of a &quot;final girl&quot;.<br/><br/>I found Ethan Embry (best known for &quot;Can&#39;t Hardly Wait&quot;) a little out of place, but he showed he could be dark and menacing and maybe I ought to give him some credit. I couldn&#39;t stop thinking &quot;gee, he really looks like crap... he&#39;s gotten all pudgy and bald&quot;, but if I looked past that I might have found a good actor. Maybe. After listening to the commentary, I was able to better appreciate how seriously Embry took the role, allowing himself to actually be strangled and stabbed to get the part right. That&#39;s dedication.<br/><br/>Angus Scrimm was amazing. I have seen Coscarelli&#39;s &quot;Phantasm&quot;, so I have seen Scrimm play &quot;The Tall Man&quot;... probably his best-known role for horror fans. (If someone wants to call blasphemy on me for not seeing the sequels, call it... I&#39;m in the process of fixing this.) I did see Scrimm in &quot;Satanic&quot; and that role was so pointless, it could have been played by anyone old or young, male or female (see separate review). But here, oh my, he was such a well-devised character that I don&#39;t think anyone else could have given this film what he was able to do. <br/><br/>I have no complaints about this movie, other than wondering about Moonface&#39;s origin. He seems to have a very talented dentist and a unique knife dealer. But obviously the time simply did not permit that story to be told... maybe a flashback in a future season of &quot;Masters of Horror&quot;. This episode, I&#39;m pleased to say, was one of my favorites of Season One, and I&#39;m glad they kicked off the show with it. Maybe I stand alone on that, but that&#39;s a chance I&#39;m willing to take.

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